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The Education Inequality Struggle


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JL
- 1313 days ago - politicsplus.org
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Ted W (127)
Friday December 11, 2015, 8:18 pm
Excellent article! Thanks for posting!
 

Gene J (289)
Friday December 11, 2015, 8:38 pm
I wish I could be more positive about this. I am not sure the Children's Defense Fund is the best advocate for children. This comes from personal experience with the Minnesota Director, and I'll grant that was many years ago, but the National Director is the same person. So I assume things have not changed much at the state level, where this work must be effective. My own experience with them was that they were, then, very political, it wasn't what one could do that was important, it was what one could sell. It was purely political and that was all she was interested in, who she knew, who she could talk to, who she could schmooze.

What matters, or should, is NOT who you know, NOT how legislators see you, NOT rubbing shoulders with the high and might, but WHAT you actually do that improves the lives of children. Show me numbers. Show me results. PROVE that what you claim as your objective is made law and policy. If you cannot do that, you are just another bottom feeder living off the donations of people who, mistakenly, believe you can deliver on your promises. In other words, politics as usual. Makes me sick.
 

Joanne Dixon (37)
Friday December 11, 2015, 9:33 pm
I've never worked with CDF. Gene, I sympathize with your experience. I don't know anyone there personally, but I certainly do admire Marian Wright Edelman as an analyst and author. I also get her column every week, and generally read it immediately. What I can gather form real, scompetent educators certainly suggests that No Child Left Behind was a Bush administration disaster and they are relieved to get rid of it. Of course what we need to succeed in education is honest, dedicated human beings who are also excellent teachers, and I don't believe there is a way to measure that which is fair to all parties. I grant you "I know one when I see one," is a bit rough and ready.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:33 am
Equal rights for all children
 

Nita L (127)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 2:46 am
As bad as things were when we had federal accountabilty for education, I am afraid it will be much worse now that each state is accountable for how children are educated and money is spent. I am especially concerned for states like mine that are very red and could care less about the poor, minoritirs and disabled. Thank you JL.
 

Lona G (66)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 8:10 am
I know little about American education programs. but from what little I've read here and on Care2 in the past about different states knowingly keeping poor and underprivileged children from getting even a basic education, the fact that it is the states that have to do most in making The Every Student Succeeds Act a success, fills me with dread. Marian Wright Edelman concludes her article with: "Those unable to read and compute and graduate from high school are being sentenced to social and economic death. They deserve better in the world’s biggest economy." So true, but I think Nita is right and most red states couldn't care less. Republicans haven't cared before, so why should they do so now?
 

Sheila D (194)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 10:23 am
Everyone here said what was in my mind, though much better...hate that it's now up to the states. Thanx JL.
 

Mitchell D (82)
Sunday December 13, 2015, 5:46 pm
Sadly, I expect, also, that those most in desperate need, the already underserved, will continue to be further underserved. The last people the GOPigs want to see educated, taught how to engage in critical thinking skills, taught thing that will tend to propel them into mainstream society, and people of color, people of virtual, and literal, poverty, and, now, new immigrants, you know "THEM!" Keeping new immigrants out of the mainstream, would be part of the GOPig political strategy about voting blocks, but, of course, keeping THEM out of the mainstream, would be shooting ourselves (figuratively, and , perhaps literally), in the foot.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday December 14, 2015, 6:22 am
No Child Left Behind was a disaster......I had children in that mess.
Race to the Top is just as bad and worse upon the teachers already suffering from No Child Left Behind.

Children are not learning because we have these Corporate types that change the "way" things are suppose to be down in mid stream many times. My Granddaughter is only in the 3rd grade and the Corporate types have changed things so many times the teachers are bailing out in droves and students are told do it this way for half the year then told no, no, now do it that way.

When they are learning to do moth, you don't change it around over and over, from teaching it the old fashioned way to teaching it as new math. At the end of it all, most the students don't understand any of it and then they throw in algebra while the students don't have the addition and subtraction down fully.

They don't teach how to print proper and forget cursive that isn't taught either, so the children are trying to write longer papers and they don't know how to print proper or to write at all. Slows them down, but one didn't have to know how to write to color in the bubbles on these test.......too numerous to count. Most little children hate school now. I recall when most of us liked going to school.

So with or without the Federal Govt. until the people of this Country as a whole start to pay attention to how it is with their children's education, then we'll remain in a mess. We don't have to reinvent the wheel we use to have one of the best educational systems in the world. If we need some help we only need to look at places like Finland that has excellent reviews.

But beyond the educational portions itself..........how are the children arriving to school?

With the extremes in income inequality that isn't being faced by a Country like Finland we have many of the students today who are showing up hungry from home. Stomachs that are growling have a harder time to learn. Michele Obama meant well in her more nutritional meals at school, but with school budgets all cut back that is harder for schools to do. Is why many poor families don't buy fruits and fresh veggies as it is more expensive. So the schools are serving a bunch of lettuce with a single cucumber on top, an apple, low fat milk or a box juice, which the cartons are smaller each year and no desserts anymore because of this change.......well lets just say, nothing filling into those bellies. I don't consider that a healthy salad but that is what has happened.

How about the many students that are homeless......on any given day there are 2.5 homeless children. This also has a stunning effect on how the children are learning. Children are dealing with their Mothers being abused, or parents fighting drug or alcohol addiction, if we had a Universal Health Care system maybe a few of those homes could get medical help for their addictions. We need programs to help woman get out of the cycle of abuse.......but those programs also have been cut back if they exist at all.

Many children see their older brothers and sisters graduating to what? Can't afford to go to college, can't find a full time job, lucky if they can get a part time job at minimum wage. What are we showing our little children growing up. Get an education and then do what with it?

So we can add and take away programs like No Child Left Behind......but until the Leadership in this Nation starts to think about THE PEOPLE at least as often as it thinks of the 1% then we are going nowhere fast to improve anything.

As a side note I live in Florida and this County was doing far better by all of it's student before No Child Left Behind got placed in......now it's a mess.
 

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